9 ways to use Hyperlapse in your school’s video efforts this year

The Hyperlapse train is coming and you better jump on board. I rarely say this about new social media tools, so trust me when I say I’m excited about the possibilities with Hyperlapse.


Hyperlapse is a new app by Instagram that allows you to transform a video clip into a sped-up, time-lapse video. What makes Hyperlapse unique is that it adds a layer of beautiful image stabilization that makes the viewer feel as if they are right there in the action. As of now, it’s only available on iOS.


You can choose how fast you want the playback speed – 1x, 2x, 4x, 6x (default), 8x, 10x, or 12x. At the default speed, a 90-second video will be shrunk to 15 seconds, the cut-off length for Instagram. You can go longer if you plan to upload to YouTube/Vimeo/etc.


See: Hyperlapse: Instagram’s First Standalone App You’ll Actually Want to Use (Mashable)

9 ways to use Hyperlapse for your school’s video efforts this year

  1. Campus tours – Walk through the halls and along the paths outside. Scan around a classroom, the auditorium, the commons, the sports fields. With Hyperlapse, it looks as though you have a steady hand. (I tested it out walking on campus one day.)
  2. Show off your town – Check out this video of the bridges of NYC.  You can do something similar driving around your own town and showing off the sights and landmarks.
  3. Go around the world – How cool would it be to ride along the Great Wall of China with your students? Walk the beaches of Normandy? Explore the markets of a South American town? While your students are traveling the world, ask them to record little snippets of their explorations to share with everyone back home.
  4. Watch an art project unfold – Inspired by a mural our Upper School students did last spring, I did an old-school time-lapse video as the mural unfolded each week. This year, I’d like to take it a step further and record a Hyperlapse video while students draw, paint, sculpt and create.
  5. Sports events – Capture the crew team rowing at amazing speeds. Imagine your track star running the 800m in a flash. Capture the excitement of the football team entering the field at Homecoming.
  6. Fun faculty – Show off your faculty being goofy, such as dancing in the hallways. Speeding up the playback makes it even goofier, and you’re sure to bring out some laughs. Videos like this show that your school is an energetic place to be, and even teachers are kids at heart.
  7. Parade – Does your school have any parades during the year? We have a Lower School Halloween Parade that would be great to speed up into a 1-2 minute video rather than 15-20 minutes.
  8. Science experiments – Check out that exploding volcano! Build a robot. Watch that cardboard boat float across the pool (or sink faster than a brick).
  9. In the classroom – Your teachers and students are active, especially in Lower School classrooms. In just a couple minutes, you could capture a teacher bouncing around the classroom explaining a lesson and working one-on-one with students.

Have you already played with Hyperlapse? Share your videos in the comments below!

Cassie Dull

Assistant Director of Communications, Online at Park Tudor School

Cassie is the Assistant Director of Communications, Online at Park Tudor School in Indianapolis. She focuses on social media strategy, online marketing for advancement and admissions, website content, and parent communication.